||New Zealand Black rabbit|
||Newport, Ohio, USA|
is our beautiful New Zealand Black rabbit, I am not quite sure of
her age, so we just tell folks she is our "Senior doe." Belle means
"beautiful" in French, and Belle the rabbit is beautiful in spirit as well
as in looks.
Belle is special because she is playful, and loves to jump and run in
short little bursts when she is out of her hutch. She is very sweet,
too, because she enjoys attention and contact. I have met rabbits that
don't like to be petted, but Belle is not like that. You could probably
pet her for hours, and she'd be happy, and her fur is so soft that it's
irresistible - you just want to touch it, and that turns into more
petting for Belle - and everyone is happy! She doesn't like being picked
up, but she loves getting petted!
It is hard to get her picture when she is not in her hutch, because
she'd rather be playing or being petted, so if you are far enough away
to get a good picture, she'll hop right at you, so you'll have to stop
and pet her. I like this picture because you can see her dewlap because
it's a profile shot - that's the extra "pouch" below her chin, and is a
characteristic of the New Zealand rabbit females. When I take a picture
and she's facing the camera, you cannot see her dewlap well at all.
Belle enjoys oats. She eats her hay, and gets her rabbit food, but oats
are her favorite. She is our "belle" Belle. We also have a male New
Zealand rabbit, but he is solid white. Belle is our black beauty!
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